Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Denmark: Three out of four expect terror attack

Denmark has had a number of troops in Iraq for some time:

Three out of four expect terror attack

The terror attacks in London last week have left Danes living in fear that the nation will join the list of countries that have fallen victim to terrorism. In a Gallup poll taken for national daily Berlingske Tidende and published on Tuesday, 75 percent of Danes said that it was very likely or probable that Denmark in the near future would be the target of a terror attack carried out by a fundamental Islamic group. Less than a year ago, only half of those asked expected the country to be struck by a terror attack. Half believed that an attack was unlikely. The change in attitudes comes after the group claiming responsibility for the London attack singled out Denmark and Italy as possible targets for a terror attack, given the countries' contributions to international military coalitions in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Peter Viggo Jakobsen, head of the conflict research department at Denmark's Institute for International Studies, said he felt an attack was no more or less likely after the London bombings. 'We have been a target all along because we have been so close to the US in both Afghanistan and Iraq,' said Jakobsen. 'I maintain that the risk is not very great, and I don't feel that the London attack has changed anything at all in terms of threats against us. There have been threats against us before - even though then we were mistaken for Norway.' The fear of terror related to Denmark's presence in Iraq, however, failed to shake Danes support for the nation's 500 soldiers stationed near the southern city of Basra. Half of those asked, 50 percent, said that it was the correct decision to participate in the war against Iraq. Forty-three percent were against. Despite the split opinion on sending troops to Iraq, 75 percent said that Danish soldiers should either remain in Iraq until there was no longer a need for them or that a date for their withdrawal should be set. Only 25 percent would withdraw the troops immediately. Danes' answers, said Jakobsen, were a sign of their defiance. 'It's the same we've seen in London,' Jakobsen said. 'They bloody well won't force us to do something.' Today's poll comes after Copenhagen police yesterday were forced to evacuate part of the area surrounding the royal residence for several hours due to a bomb threat.

Denmark jails 'racist' pizza man

A Danish pizzeria owner has gone to jail for refusing to pay a fine imposed after he barred German and French customers from his restaurant. Aage Bjerre acted in protest against the French and German governments' opposition to the US-led war in Iraq. He will now serve an eight-day sentence at a minimum security prison, the Associated Press reports. "I'm doing it to show my sympathy with the United States," he said. He refused to pay a 5,000-kroner (£461;$800) fine. In June 2003 a Danish court convicted of him of racial discrimination. The 46-year-old was forced to sell his pizzeria on the western island of Fanoe after repeated vandalism and a plunge in sales.


At July 13, 2005 6:31 AM, Blogger Thomas the Wraith said...

Denmark should be worried. Sweden should be crapping its collective pants. Italy should just hide in the closet. Suicide terror by native-born Muslim Europeans is now a fact. Western Europe has become Israel in this regard. I think people are only now beginning to glimpse the scale of the problem. Dark days are ahead.

At July 13, 2005 7:10 AM, Blogger ik said...

A centralized streamlined efficient society would be much more easy for the Islamists to take over, as compared to a decentralized, inefficient society. This is borne out when comparing Islamic experiences in Egypt/Persia/India. From this I can say that Italy will be the hardest society for the local Islamists to take over.


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